Cincinnati led 4-0 after the first inning and 6-4 through four before #16 Kentucky unleashed a huge comeback in a 13-7 win over the Bearcats. UK scored seven runs in the first in support of reliever Brad Schaenzer in a revenge win over Cincy. Marcus Carson collected three hits and Tristan Pompey drove in three runs as the Cats improved to 19-7 on the season.
Cincinnati was all over Zack Thompson in the first inning. Connor McVey doubled home a run with one out and Ryan Noda hit a three-run home run two batters later. Thompson allowed five runs in two innings in his shortest outing of the season.
Already in a deep hole, the offense began to wake up in the second inning. Pompey hit a line drive shot to the center field wall to score Riley Mahan and Kole Cottam. Connor Heady followed with a double of his own to drive in Pompey and cut the Bearcats’ lead to one through two innings.
Just as Kentucky drew closer, UC pulled away again. Noda hit his second home run of the day over the Cliff in right field to give the Bearcats a 6-3 lead. The home run came off Brad Schaenzer. Coming on in relief, the home run was the only damage Cincy could do to Schaenzer. The senior went 4.1 innings out of the bullpen and allowed only one run on three hits and three punch outs.
Luke Becker answered in the bottom of the third with a pinch hit solo home run to left to keep the deficit to two. It wasn’t until the fifth inning that UK’s offense completely took over. The BatCats used three singles, three walks, and a pair of hit batters to tally seven runs in the fifth inning. Four straight batters reached base without having to put the ball in play. Evan White brought in two runs with a single and later scored on double steal to give UK an 11-6 lead through five.
Colton Cleary replaced Schaenzer in the seventh and went 1.2 innings of shutout ball to help close the door for UK. The Cats manufactured a pair of insurance runs in the 8th by scoring on a wild pitch and a balk. Zach Pop entered the game in the ninth in place of Cleary. Pop struggled but wound up striking out three in the final frame to close out a 13-7 win for the Cats.
Marcus Carson continues to lead the team in hitting- The senior centerfielder now leads the team with 38 hits this season. Carson has five three-hit games and 12 multi-hit games overall.
Tristan Pompey riding a six-game hitting streak- Pompey is squaring the ball up right now better than he ever has. Along with his six-game hitting streak, Pompey leads the team in walks and boasts a .432 OBP in 2017.
– Trey Huntsman (@TreyHuntsmanKSR) March 29, 2017
Brad Schaenzer now 4-0 this season- Not that wins are an accurate representation of a pitcher’s value, but for what it’s worth, Schaenzer is 4-0. What is most impressive is his 2.42 ERA, .162 opponents battign average, and nine strikeouts per nine innings.